December 15th, 2009
07:21 PM ET
9 months ago

Schwarzenegger slams Palin

 California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is questioning the motives of a felllow Republican, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is questioning the motives of a felllow Republican, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger – who has backed strict new emissions controls to combat climate change – made a comment Tuesday that's sure to raise some heat, especially in GOP circles.

The Republican governor of California is questioning the motives of a high-profile opponent of the idea: Sarah Palin.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee and former Alaska governor has questioned whether human activity contributes to climate change, and written op-eds blasting the cap and trade policy promoted by the Obama administration to limit emissions. Last week, she called on President Obama to boycott the Copenhagen conference.

"You have to ask: what was she trying to accomplish?" Schwarzenegger, in Copenhagen for the international climate change summit, told the Financial Times. "Is she really interested in this subject or is she interested in her career and in winning the (Republican presidential) nomination? You have to take all these things with a grain of salt."

Palin, dubbed a climate change "denier" by Al Gore, slammed the former vice president for promoting "doomsday scenarios": "Climate change is like gravity – a naturally occurring phenomenon that existed long before, and will exist long after, any governmental attempts to affect it," she wrote in a Facebook post last week.


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soundoff (298 Responses)
  1. normajean

    Why does Sara Palin have people calling her "Govenor"? SHE QUIT. She is no longer a govenor. {Except in her own little mind}.

    December 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. OldUncleTom

    Anyone besides me waiting for Carrie Prejean to weigh in on the subject?

    About the same intellectual weight, in my view.

    December 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    I like Arnold, but the scientific community has defrauded the scientific debate on global warming to the point that serious questions should be addressed before the US commits to lower GDP and living standards.

    December 15, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  4. Susan in NC

    Sarah who?

    December 15, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. When Worlds Collide

    "The Former Alaska governor has questioned whether human activity contributes to climate change."

    I bet that the hot air that comes from Sarah's mouth is a human activity that has contributed to the melting of some of Alaska's glaciers.

    December 15, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  6. Linds

    In this instance, Palin is right...climate changes have taken place forever and will continue. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with tightening emission standards to better our environment. While I do not believe it will slow, stop, or have any impact on the climate changes, it will make our air easier to breathe and cause less harm to our environment and ecosystems in general.

    December 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  7. Mike S., New Orleans

    I don't usually agree with Arnold, but he's bold to say what he said.

    December 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. I

    Arnold Schwarzenegger= A REPUBLICAN WITH A BRAIN.

    December 15, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Sadie

    Palin speaks out of both sides of her mouth or speaks without giving any thought to what she is saying or how it will come back to slap her in the face.........She FIRST started the Doomsday scenario by saying the Health Care Bill had the DEATH PANEL so she has no right to lable other people for what they say..........glad to see that someone in the Republican party has the guts to call her out........the rest of the GOP is afraid if they say anything about her that the right wing conservative nuts will not vote for them.......they are only looking at every issue that faces this country in the amount of votes they can get, they aren't concerned with what the people of this country are going through or what we care about......

    December 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. mjm

    This coming from the guy whose state is 27 billion in the whole.

    Al gore showed up at NASA and said he could solve global warming if they could fly him to the surface of the sun. NASA informed him they couldn't do that, he'd burn up.

    Gore replied "Hello...not if we go at night. Duh!"

    Global warming is man made...up.

    December 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Nathan,

    This dumb woman writing an op ed about a scientific subject!!!!! The scary art is that there will be a number of Americans who will believe her and follow her right off a cliff. How stupid must you be to believe that Sarah Palin knows more than you?

    December 15, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  12. LISA

    hahahaha....go Governator! LOL!

    December 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  13. dina osullivan

    The woman is stupid and unread.What else could she do but be a denier. Deniers don't know the facts. Ask her the facts and she won't be able to tell you anything. She is a "celebrity" wanna be and that is all, never, never to be considered for president. I hope Americans are smart enough to know how stupid she is.

    December 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin's degree is in stupidity or has she forgotten she too has children that must live on this planet long after her, or has she totally forgotten about her children.

    December 15, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. kathy

    All Republicans are useless and self-absored. Next!!!

    December 15, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. Wayne Messer

    I only request and ask that my fellow sarah palin haters stop even answering any questions about her.

    The other night she was on Conan. This is not good because she's smart enough to see she needs to appear more moderate than she is.

    It is time to dismiss her and ignore her. If we don't we may get another GW and I can't take this kind of disappointment.

    We need to bury any thing and everything about palin. You are all way to smart to continue giving her the attention she craves.

    Leave her to the NASCAR and WWE crowd.

    December 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Paul in Louisville

    Hey, Just a Mom, at least Ah-nold isn't a quitter like Failin'...the fact that anyone takes this woman seriously is appalling.

    December 15, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Cobra Montana

    Arnold is a left wing democrat hiding in republican cloths, who would listen to anything he says. With him and the CA polotitians they have CA Broke, smart huh??

    December 15, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. Paul from Phoenix

    So, did anyone see where Gore had to admit at the conference that he misquoted the scientist he bases the majority of his statements about there being no ice at the polar caps within ten years....because the scientist called him out for misquoting him?

    Funny how that isn't being reported.

    December 15, 2009 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. Carlos Montes Sr.

    Don't worry about Sara being nominated. Every body knows on 12lv. It is going to be Jeb. By by Sara, keep making your millions.

    December 15, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  21. Bill

    What about the pollution caused by Palin's hot air ??

    December 15, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    PALIN is HEAD strong and DEAD wrong!!! I'm glad to see a Republican SAY IT!!

    December 15, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    To be fair, Alaska is really cold. Palin may be greedy for a little Arctic warming. That said, when the permafrost melts it will threaten the oil pipelines... Hmm, what is the average Alaskan to do?

    December 15, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. Peggy

    I am truly amazed that anybody even listens to her.

    December 15, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  25. Donkey Party

    Look no further than the comments from the Palin cult to see how they all double down on her stupidity.

    December 15, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
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